A rare 15th century gold and diamond ring
Lot 6
A rare 15th century gold and diamond ring
Sold for £42,000 (US$ 70,594) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
A rare 15th century gold and diamond ring
Set with a diamond crystal within a raised square collet setting, the hoop inscribed on the exterior 'amour mi tien' (love keep me) in Gothic script, amongst scroll, floral and knot motifs, ring size Q

Footnotes

  • Found in South Leicestershire, treasure number 2008 T646. Accompanied by copies of letters from the British Museum describing the ring and confirming that the Crown's interest in this find was disclaimed.

    See Campbell, Marian, 'Medieval Jewellery in Europe 1100-1500', London, 2009, plate 73C, for a similar example. Campbell notes that because of the cutting difficulties posed by the hardness of diamonds, they were not commonly used in rings during this period and then only in their natural pointed crystal habit.
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